Making Your Money Matter https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com Create a life you love, one dollar at a time Fri, 10 Jan 2020 07:26:16 +0000 en hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4 103358307 2020 Word of the Year: Health https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/2020-word-of-the-year-health/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/2020-word-of-the-year-health/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2020 07:26:09 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=6014 The last two years, my word of the year was “Simplify”. Yes, it did take me two years (2018 and 2019), but I finally feel like I accomplished it! I simplified my financial accounts, my daily processes and even my own expectations for myself. This year, my focus is on health. After our move to […]

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Calculating Your Effective Tax Rate (the actually useful way!) https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/calculating-your-effective-tax-rate-the-actually-useful-way/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/calculating-your-effective-tax-rate-the-actually-useful-way/#respond Wed, 21 Aug 2019 14:23:19 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5092 Did you know that this time of year is great for tax planning? For me, back-to-school time is just as much the start of a new year as January 1st. With three kids in school, I can finally catch up on some things! Previously, I shared how to calculate (and decrease!) your marginal tax rate. […]

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Part IV: Organizing Your Finances in 2019 (Refining Your Money Processes) https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/organizing-money-processes/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/organizing-money-processes/#respond Sat, 23 Mar 2019 10:30:55 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5491 In Part I, we talked about organizing a cash flow system to track your income and spending according to your values and goals, while minimizing time spent doing so. In Part II, I shared my own system for organizing financial paperwork and documents. I highly recommend using a digital system and shared some of my […]

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Part III: How I’m Organizing My Finances in 2019 (Structuring Financial Accounts) https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/part-iii-organizing-financial-accounts/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/part-iii-organizing-financial-accounts/#respond Sat, 23 Feb 2019 15:07:23 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5439 In Part I, we talked about organizing a cash flow system to track your income and spending according to your values and goals, while minimizing time spent doing so. In Part II, I shared my own system for organizing financial paperwork and documents. I highly recommend using a digital system and shared some of my […]

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Part II: How I’m Organizing My Finances in 2019 (Organizing Financial Paperwork) https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/organize-financial-documents-2019/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/organize-financial-documents-2019/#comments Thu, 31 Jan 2019 13:50:18 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5437 In Part I, we talked about organizing a cash flow system to set yourself up for financial success. I have accounts in two different currencies as well as business and rental accounts. And, my goal is still to spend less than 15 minutes per week managing my cash flow. How? Automation and organization! I’ve totally […]

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Part I: How I’m Organizing My Finances in 2019 (Setting up a Cash Flow System) https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/set-up-cash-flow-2019/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/set-up-cash-flow-2019/#comments Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:28:14 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5384 I’ve always loved organizing. There’s something about things being neat and tidy that makes me feel like my life itself is a little bit less messy too (maybe that’s a little crazy?). So naturally, years ago when I started really getting my finances in order, it was important to me to find a really organized […]

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2019: The Year of “Simplify” (or rather…can I have a do-over please?) https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/2019-year-of-simplify/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/2019-year-of-simplify/#comments Thu, 03 Jan 2019 12:01:58 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5373 This past year was especially difficult. I wasn’t sad to see it go. Not at all. I didn’t meet most of my goals I’d set at the beginning of the year. I especially feel like “simplify”, my word for 2018, was the exact opposite of how the year turned out. Adjusting to life back at […]

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5 Money Mindset Shifts I’ve Made After Discovering FIRE (as an outsider of the movement!) https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/fire-money-mindset/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/fire-money-mindset/#comments Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:00:47 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5277 Many people turn their financial lives around after hitting rock bottom. A crushing debt load or a sudden financial crisis spurs them to make drastic changes. That’s not my story. I didn’t hit a low. Instead, it was the opposite that changed my financial life. Years ago, we embarked on our first big travel adventure. […]

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Why Spreadsheets are the Best Way to Handle Your Personal Finances (A Sneak Peek At Mine!) https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/why-spreadsheets-are-the-best-way-to-handle-your-personal-finances-a-sneak-peek-at-mine/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/why-spreadsheets-are-the-best-way-to-handle-your-personal-finances-a-sneak-peek-at-mine/#comments Mon, 24 Sep 2018 04:15:53 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5201 This post may contain affiliate links. See my disclosure here. You already know I’m a diehard spreadsheet fan. Especially when it comes to tracking all things money. And, I’m certainly not alone in my level of spreadsheet geekiness. Spreadsheets are the tool of choice for many, many financially successful people around the world (and the world wide […]

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How Getting Out of Our Comfort Zone Is 10X-ing Our Finances https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/get-out-of-comfort-zone/ https://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/get-out-of-comfort-zone/#comments Wed, 12 Sep 2018 13:00:16 +0000 http://www.makingyourmoneymatter.com/?p=5217 My email subscribers all know that my family has recently relocated (that’s why you haven’t seen me around here much lately!). We’re talking about a BIG relocation…from the suburbs of Detroit to Shanghai, China. And while we’ve lived abroad before (in South Korea and even in China for a short time), it’s been just as […]

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